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Postby Danimal » Fri Aug 19, 2005 9:13 am

I've benefited greatly by having Duke in two of my leagues. It seems that teams that grabbed him have really stepped it up. For many good teams, he's like icing on the cake.
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Postby AT » Fri Aug 19, 2005 9:33 am

I watched his game last night and here's what I saw...

Kid has a great curveball, best lefty curve this side of Barry Zito. He throws it on any count, can control it for a strike, and can get it off the plate as a strikeout pitch.

His fastball is low 90's when it needs to be. Good control of it. Sometimes it moves like a slider almost, which I don't think he throws.

I think he threw a changeup last night, or some sort of offspeed junk pitch that looked like a fastball but was a little slower and moved like a bastard.

He made batters look uncomfortable, confused, and downright silly on some instances.

He's confident, in complete control, he's economical, and has a good combination of being a nibbler and good command of the strikezone. Almost like Glavine in a way. Never too much of the plate but never misses too often.

Only time he struggled was in the 7th when he had some trouble with his control because he was clearly tiring. Other than that I was extremely impressed. The kid has a bright, bright future.
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Postby TONYMONTANA » Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:17 am

Is it just me or can I not find Zack Duke on CBSSportsline's site under player rankings for starting pitchers? I must have scrolled thru the entire list 4 times. :-?
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Postby AT » Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:31 am

TONYMONTANA wrote:Is it just me or can I not find Zack Duke on CBSSportsline's site under player rankings for starting pitchers? I must have scrolled thru the entire list 4 times. :-?


Maybe you looked through available starting pitchers and he's already owned?!?
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Postby Danimal » Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:46 am

Are there any other call-ups with this much impact in recent memory?
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Postby AT » Fri Aug 19, 2005 11:06 am

Danimal wrote:Are there any other call-ups with this much impact in recent memory?


There's one pitching right now. King Felix. ;-D
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Postby mkultra » Fri Aug 19, 2005 11:06 am

Danimal wrote:Are there any other call-ups with this much impact in recent memory?


D-Train, or was he a full-season rookie?
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Postby packslu1 » Fri Aug 19, 2005 11:40 am

Interesting little tidbit on Duke from Fanball.com:

While Duke has been a great story in the second half of the season, there are rumors that the Pirates may protect their prized arm and shut him down for the season. No definitive plans have been made as of yet, but given that and the fact that Duke's a finesse pitcher, not an overpowering type, it may be time to sell high in anticipation of the league catching up with him.
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Postby AlexB » Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:59 pm

packslu1 wrote:Interesting little tidbit on Duke from Fanball.com:

While Duke has been a great story in the second half of the season, there are rumors that the Pirates may protect their prized arm and shut him down for the season. No definitive plans have been made as of yet, but given that and the fact that Duke's a finesse pitcher, not an overpowering type, it may be time to sell high in anticipation of the league catching up with him.


Hrm, well maybe if they shut down Duke, he can tutor Oliver Perez. Maybe show him some fundamentals....some basic mechanics....;)
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Postby Danimal » Fri Aug 19, 2005 1:36 pm

You can't shut down a rookie who is 6-0 and giving a boost to a lowly franchise. That's a bit crazy.

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